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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 2)

27 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

In Part 2 of our list of travel destination ideas, we explore 3 slower-paced countries and their sweet spots worth checking out. 

1. Brisbane / Gold Coast

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While many would likely favour other busier Aussie cities like Sydney and Melbourne, what stands out about Brisbane for us is its easygoing pace, and proximity to the sandy beaches of Gold Coast – making a week long trip here feel like you’re getting two separate experiences for the price of one. For city kids, you’ll feel right at home in Brisbane, with shopping malls and pop-up flea markets aplenty. Make sure to spend a day cafe-hopping too, with Australia’s cafe culture quickly becoming a mainstay and perfect for your Instagram feed goals. 

 

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Once you’ve had your fill of what Brisbane has to offer and ready to head off for new adventures, drive (or take a bus) approximately two hours south towards Gold Coast’s sun, sea and sand. Soak up an afternoon lazing on the beach to get that Aussie tan or take up the challenge of learning surfing from the best right at Surfers Paradise – the choice is up to you. Not to forget, Gold Coast is also host to FOUR main amusement parks – Movie World, Dream World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild (although we recommend just visiting two) for a fun-filled couple of days laughing and screaming your heart out.

 

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2. Nepal

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If you and your friends want to opt for the road literally less travelled and do some soul-searching, immerse yourself in The Himalayas for a week with an unconventional visit to Nepal. Get away from the fast-paced lifestyle of living in the busy city and free your mind the moment you disembark onto the sacred land. You’ll be greeted with stunning views arriving at Kathmandu, the country’s capital, that will instantly ease your mind from any unwanted troubles. 

 

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Spend a few days to take in the deep history of the many Buddhist and Hindu temples around the Panauti area and the Newari Village, the latter of which is located at the top of a hill. If you’re up for living like a local, spend a day in the life of one at Bungamati and also don’t forget to try a brew at one of the old school coffee shops! With everything Nepal has to offer, chances are you’ll even learn a thing or two you never discovered before about yourself – and that’s the real reward of any trip.

 

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3. Vietnam

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Brimming with an undeniable energy and an aura of serenity, Vietnam is fast becoming one of the top destinations for travelers. Book a place to stay near Ben Thanh market, and amid the coffee beans and fruit stalls, you’ll find yourself pleasantly lost in the organised mess. At night, take a walk to Bui Vien – dubbed the “backpacker’s area” – and sit on tiny, roadside stools to have a drink while making friends with the affable locals and fellow tourists.

Tasting local cuisine is a definite must in any country, and there’s no better way in doing so than trying pho at Pho Le restaurant or locally brewed coffee at Ben Coffee House. But perhaps the highlight of where to really let your tastebuds feel at home would be at Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant. After navigating your way through the quirky interior of this eatery, don’t be alarmed if you notice you’re having scrumptious portions of Vietnamese food on chipped plates – it’s all part of the concept. Hey, even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have dined here and loved it!

 

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Check out Part 1 of our list of travel destinations and itinerary ideas here. Where do you plan to venture to for a week-long trip? Or know some of the hidden secrets of the countries we mentioned? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Itinerary Ideas For Your Week-Long Trip (Part 1)

24 Feb 2017 by Bryan Yeong

So you’re finally graduating and one more thing to tick off your bucket list is that grad trip you and your best mates have been talking about non-stop over the past semesters. Here’s Part One in our list of city destination ideas and locations to consider venturing to with your BFFs for a week before you start adulting.

1. Taiwan

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Night markets and scenic views await you in the cultural city of Taipei. For the foodie to the outdoor adventurer, there’s truly something special for everyone that’s worth exploring for a good week. Thrill-seekers, you’re in luck. Climb the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park for breathtaking views, hot springs and even see cows in their natural habitat at the peak!

 

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Or take a bus to the famous Jiufen district, where windy and narrow lanes guide you through many teahouses and delectable delicacies – like the drool-worthy Taiwan specialty peanut wrap with ice cream. If food hunts are your thing, you’ll have a blast exploring different markets every other night hunting down a variety of street food and quirky souvenirs.

Reserve a couple of days for winding down to just appreciate art and culture, by paying a visit to the National Palace Museum or the plethora of modern museums like Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Not leaving out animal lovers, check out the Houtong Cat Village for some play time with Taiwan’s friendly felines!

 

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2. Japan


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A beginner’s guide to Japan starts in Tokyo of course, home to world-famous Harajuku and haven to all things oishii. Other than slurping up piping hot bowls of ramen noodles (you must have heard of Ichiran), you can even make your very own cup! At Nissin’s Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, fun takes form in customising your very own cup of everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure supper – a perfect group activity for your squad. You even get to bring it back home for consumption in the future, perhaps together at a future chalet or sleepover.

 

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Dog cafes? Been there. Cat cafes? *yawn* Dive into different animal-themed cafes with your friends that one can only expect from Japan’s kookiness – like Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe and the Penguin Bar in Ikebukuro.

 

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Oh, and the shopping? There’s never a dull moment as your inner shopaholic goes wild discovering the quirky, unique and downright strange creations the city has to offer at every street turn. We could never stop sharing more about Japan – and that’s not even touching on the other islands or cities like Hokkaido and Osaka! Spending just a week here may fly by swiftly and seem like a flurry of activities, but it’ll no doubt be one unforgettable graduation trip for the memory diary.

3. South Korea

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Clearly at the top of the list for many K-Pop and K-Drama fans, South Korea is at the forefront of food, fashion and all things fun! But don’t feel left out if you’ve never watched an episode of Goblin or haven’t heard BLACKPINK’s latest single – Korea has much to offer even the most unconvinced, that might leave you a convert.

Besides delicious kimchi and Korean BBQ, get your #ootd shot at the Style Nanda Pink Hotel flagship store and cafe or the iconic blue container at Common Ground, a shopping district littered with locally-designed fashion outlets. If you simply just can’t get enough, trust Korea to have it covered – the malls at Dongdaemun district don’t close till 5am (!!!), ensuring your itinerary to be filled till way past sunset.

 

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Not forgetting your inner culture enthusiast, let the Bukhon Hanok Village sweep you away into the rich history when viewing the traditional Korean houses and shophouses. The country is exploding with activities ’round the clock, which is why we’re obsessed with Korea – and so should you.

 

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Looking to explore something different for more chill vibes? Stay tuned for Part 2!

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Awkward social gatherings – been there, done that. Be it for that class gathering or a double-date plan, here are our top picks of multiplayer game apps to break the ice.

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EK

$2.98, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

The app-adaptation of the popular Kickstarter card game, Exploding Kittens is the feline equivalent of Russian roulette; where players are immediately ‘killed’ upon drawing the Exploding Kitten card, unless they possess a Defuse card to deactivate said bomb. Of course, there are other hilarious cards in the deck to help you avoid and sabo opponents, like ‘nothing but cat butt’ which temporarily blinds other players by turning their cards around, and the ‘diarrhea’ card that freezes your opponents’ cards. Detonating furballs might sound offensive to feline kindreds, but this kitty- powered version may just be one of the most novel and purr-fect gaming experiences that you’ll encounter!

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Who Lurks

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Mystery meets sci-fi in Who Lurks – an action-packed app perfect for parties of three to six people. Players assume the role of stranded crew members working to get to a new planet, while one stays undercover as an alien saboteur set on eradicating human life. While the crew can save themselves by completing missions to keep their spaceship running, or identifying and killing the alien, there’s a twist: it has the ability to secretly infect anyone and turn them into another alien conspirator, so watch out! The title may sound creepy, but we promise this unique multiplayer game will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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2-Player Reactor

Free, Available on Google Play Store

This game is essentially a battle of the quickest reflexes. Two players share one device, and are challenged to rack up points by “finding the sad face in a group of smiley faces”, or to “hit when the screen turns white”, amongst other mini games. While some tests require pure motor dexterity, fret not for others include puzzle solving skills and general knowledge. The entertaining game gives rise to uninhibited interaction, making it the perfect icebreaker that is bound to get you and your partner engaged in frantic screen jabbing amidst fits of laughter. Just be careful not to drop your phone!

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Fun Run 2

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

You’ll love Fun Run 2 if cute animals, friendly competition and Happy Tree Friends-esque scenarios are your gory cup of tea. Face off with your friends in real-time and prove that you’re the best racer of all by speeding through booby traps and sabotaging other players with power-ups like rolling metal gears, bear traps and giant magnets, all while watching as their characters explode into bloody smithereens. With a plethora of themes and furry forest characters to choose from, take your pick and race away.

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Trivia Crack

Free, Available on Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

Unleash your inner trivia geek with Trivia Crack, the digital equivalent of board game classic, Trivial Pursuit. Whether you’re a history buff, science maniac or pop culture wunderkind, there’s something for everyone – there’s more to the game than answering trivia questions, but you basically have to accumulate all six game characters (which represent different categories) by spinning the wheel and answering questions. If you and your friends enjoy intellectual conversations, this game is definitely up your alley as it requires tons of brainpower.

For more recommendations on multiplayer apps, do check out our Tech section in the latest February 2017 issue, out on newsstands now!

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The perfect present encompasses the following traits: aesthetically-pleasing, thoughtful, affordable and practical  – at least in our books. Ahead, we share a list of unisex, Instagram-worthy gift ideas that your date will love (and you can share)! 

3-in-1 LED Light Mirror Digital Clock

Reflective Mirror Clock

Price: $21.78 | Ezbuy
A mirror, LED alarm clock, night light and thermometer all rolled into one, this hexagonal beauty polishes up any table end while shining brightness into even the  darkest of corners. 

Shaped Metal Dishes 

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Price: $17.94 | kikki.K
Class up your flat lay game with these metal trinket trays. #Flatlay #Minimalist #Interior #Anyhowalsolookgood 

Anti-gravity Phone CaseAnti-gravity casing

Price: From $8.50 | Shopee

Recommended for those who have to bring their phone everywhere and anywhere. No more dropping your phone in the toilet! 

Meykrs Block BottleBLOCKS WATER BOTTLE  Meykrs 

Price: $12.90 | Naiise  
Keep semi-hydrated with this rectangular chunk of a water bottle – who needs an easy grip when you can be stylish? 

Adjustable Selfie Ring Light

Selfie Ring Light

Price: $6.90 | Shopee
Taking loved-up selfies in pitch dark environments has never been so easy. Why deal with unflattering flashes when you can bask in the warm glow of this selfie ring light? 

 Xiaomi Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Xiaomi Speaker

Price: $29.90 | Shopee
The party goes wherever you do with this bluetooth speaker. 

Portable Lightroom Box 

Lightroom Box

Price: $24.90 | Shopee
This gem of a light box drastically reduces the need for someone else to help you hold a flashlight/block shadows when you’re trying to take product shots. #TheStruggleIsStillReal

Watermelon Tiffin Set

Watermelon Tinkat

Price: From $45 | Megafash
Bentos are so 2016 – apparently tingkat‘s (tiffin sets) are in now? And it’s way easier to prep than the intricate Japanese sets; if you don’t cook, just go to the kopitiam and tapao lah

Air Lounger 

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Price: $19.90 | Shopee
Rock any outdoors music festival in style with your very own inflatable lounger. And you don’t even need a pump to fill it up. Simply hold one end and drag it through the air till its entirely inflated. While it’s not as easy as it looks, it’s still worth the effort.

Concrete Phone Charging Dock 

Concrete Phone Charging Dock

Price: $19.78 | Ezbuy
#IndustrialGoals will be met with this concrete phone charging dock. We literally don’t know anyone who’s using one, so it’s pretty hipster too. 

Check out our February 2017 issue (out on newsstands now) for more cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  

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Forget #RelationshipGoals – hit up these communal dining spots for a lip-smacking good time with your fellow singles this Valentine’s Day!

Lepark

 

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Address: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex #06-00, Singapore 059108
Opening hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues to Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 12pm – 12am (Sat), 12pm – 11pm (Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6908 5809 

Wonder where all the millennials have been lepaking at? Enter Lepark – this secluded hip haunt is always chock-full of artsy fartsy youngsters, either lounging alfresco at the rooftop enclave while soaking in the eclectic tunes served up during live gigs; or unwinding in big social groups inside its 63,000 square feet space lined with long communal tables. From the kitschy graffiti artworks on the walls to the mod-sin delights on the menu, everything about this spot makes you feel right at home. They dish up a winsome feast of local-inspired tapas bites like Poached Chicken Sushi ($8) and Otah Bomb ($8), but if you’re spoilt for choice, order the Lepark Platter ($18) which comes with a bit of everything so there’s more than enough to go around.

Pacamara 


 

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Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sun)

Set up by the folks behind Oz Speciality Coffee, Pacamara takes a minimalist approach of stark white walls, an abundance of wooden tables and plenty of natural light for that perfect Instagram shot – the ideal setting to indulge in lazy brunches with your clique. If good coffee is what you’re after, we recommend starting the AM with a Barista Breakfast ($12), which consists of an espresso, a 5oz white and the brew of the day. Their day menu is just as spectacular, featuring a party of sweet and savoury fare from Sticky Date Pancakes ($17.90) served with salted caramel ice cream, to the morning classic of Crab Benedict ($19.90) topped with two perfectly poached eggs.

Alter Ego

 

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Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: 11am – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 1am (Sun)
Tel: 6327 9301

From the good people at A Poke Theory, comes their “recklessly indulgent” split personality by the name of Alter Ego – this industrial-chic establishment’s all about eating clean with their healthy selection of famed poke and smoothie bowls by day; but by nightfall, round up your buddies and indulge dirty over finger-lickingly good grub. Think tater tots coated with spicy jalapeño cheese sauce ($13), pork ribs doused in salted yolk sauce ($16) and pizza fries with an overload of cheesy goodness ($14). The best part? Alter Ego only closes their doors after midnight so all you chit-chatty night owls can hang out till wee hours.

Noshery by Nosh

 

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Address: 9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220
Opening hours: 11.30am – 4pm (Tues to Fri), 10.30am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 9755 5015

Housed in a colonial bungalow, Noshery by Nosh feels almost like a rural paradise amidst the wilderness: palm leaves outfit the walls, farmhouse furniture fill the area, and there’s even a herb garden where you can bust out your green thumb. Those who prefer dining in the breeze can choose to grab a seat at the patio and indulge in a hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($11) on weekdays, or huddle around the long communal table and feast on their specialty Devil’s Breakfast ($20) on weekends. By night, this idyllic spot transforms into a laidback bar serving kimchi fries and fish tacos, making it the perfect setting for both mid-day catch-ups and late-night wind downs.

Kilo Kallang

 

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Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: 6pm – 12am (Mon to Sat)
Tel: 6467 3987

For the hipster singletons, Kilo Kallang is your ultimate happy place to escape from all the Valentine’s Day hoopla. A hidden gem tucked away in an old storage warehouse, this off-the-grid hideout is a tough one to find – but the chilled-out ambience, semi open-air vibes and quality fusion cuisine make it worth the trip. Everything from the barren walls to the exposed concrete floors is stripped to the minimum, but if there’s one thing they pull out all the stops for, it’s the food. Setting themselves apart with the most unexpected of flavours, Kilo dishes up palate-pleasing small plates from the likes of Wasabi Tuna Tartare ($28), Beef Tongue Tacos ($24) and Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi ($26). Great for sharing!

Curious Palette

 

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Address: 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667
Opening hours: Wednesday 9AM–10PM (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 9am – 12am (Fri & Sat)
Tel: 6238 1068

Another popular hangout nestled within Prinsep, Curious Palette draws throngs of cafe-hopping fiends for its Kinfolk-esque ambience, spacious seating area and Instagram-worthy fare. They’ve got an awesome menu of all-day brekkie quintessentials like the Curious Breakfast ($19.80) and Curious Croque Madamme ($17.90), along with decadent mains such as the Soft Shell Crab Burger ($19.80) and Espresso Stewed Beef ($19.80). But don’t leave without trying its signature Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90) – you may have to wait up to half an hour for ’em to whip up this baby, but we promise it’s good stuff.

In the mood for love? We’ve got you lovebirds covered with a list of Valentine’s-friendly dining spots in the Tuckshop section (p.10 – 15) of Teenage’s February 2017 issue! Out on newsstands now.

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